Water samples show nicotine, cocaine, antibiotics in Great Lakes waterways – Detroit Free Press

Artificial sweeteners, pharmaceuticals, pesticides and nonstick compounds were found in multiple water samples in the corridor between Lake Huron and Lake Erie, including the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair, a new study found.
Drugs detected in the water included nicotine, cocaine, antibiotics, acetaminophen pain reliever, the diabetes drug metformin, even contrast dye from CT scans, the study by Wayne State University’s Healthy Urban Waters program and the University of Florida found. They’re found in very minute concentrations, down to the parts per trillion.


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